2018 September 20 - Equal-Hours Equinox Potluck
Tucson Timebank community meeting & potluck. Presentation and discussion about timebanking with coordinators and members of Tucson Timetraders. To use the website, please bring your laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also bring your dinner or something to share if you like.
Free and open to the public, families / kids welcome, carpooling / rides may be available. If you need a ride or can give a ride, please reply to this email with your location (or post your request / offer on the timebank calendar) and we'll try to connect you.
( exact fall equinox is sep 22 sat 6:54 pm mst )
"Office hours" by appointment - best dates to meet with coordinators in person or by phone
Sep 14 thru 20 (Fri-Thu) and Sep 30 thru Oct 3 (Sun-Wed) afternoons & evenings
Oct 14 thru 18 (Sun-Thu) and Oct 29 thru Nov 2 (Mon-Fri) afternoons
Nov 12 thru 17 (Mon-Sat) and Nov 28 thru Dec 1 (Wed-Sat) afternoons
Dec 12 thru 17 (Wed-Mon) and Dec 27 thru 30 (Thu-Sun) afternoons...
Hi everyone! It's been pretty quiet here, but Tucson Timetraders is alive and well. Whenever there are timebank meetings and events we'll list them here, and there's also an iCal calendar - click to download or subscribe.
Do you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking? Next step is for each person to sign up and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Any questions? Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website. You can email metasofa.org(at)gmail.com or chat with us on the community blog (log in below).
Across the US and around the world, Timebanking has proven to be of benefit in a multitude of diverse applications, especially at a grassroots level - person-to-person and neighbor-to-neighbor services, social services and support resources, neighborhood infrastructure, cooperatives and local businesses - thereby strengthening local communities and economies.
Timebanking is about acknowledging and crediting the invisible / core economy, building community, including older, younger, and disabled folks, and providing an economic buffer for mainstream working folks during recession. Timebanking is something everyone can do right now to strengthen your local community and economy.
Timebanking is a good way for us to notice and appreciate the everyday assistance we give each other and often take for granted - rides, errands, childcare, eldercare, cooking, cleaning, fixing, mending, advice, tutoring, coaching, listening... with our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. This type of work is actually the "core economy" - often invisible, but an essential part of the whole economy - nothing could happen without it! Please join us in re-defining work and appreciating the true foundation of our wealth.
Membership in our timebank is free and open to everyone, and participation is growing slowly but surely... currently we have 230 members, including 5 organizations. See the word cloud below to get an idea of what we're trading & sharing.
Our website is a live-online member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources. The software is easy to use, and it's securely accessible with standard web browsers on all desktop and laptop computers, tablets, ipads, iphones and androids.
A Timebank is a group of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work - everyone's time is valued equally. The hours are recorded in the timebank software so we can trade them around the timebank community. Timebanking is a great way for people to exchange assistance and help build healthy communities.
We are all assets – Every human being has something to contribute.
Redefining work – Some work is beyond price. We need to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable. This kind of work needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.
Reciprocity – Helping works better as a two-way street. "How can I help you?" becomes "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"
Community – We need each other... people helping each other reweave networks of support, strength and trust. Communities are stronger than individuals, and community is built on mutual respect, trust, and commitment.
Respect – Every human being matters. Respect is a foundation for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and supplies the heart and soul of democracy.
Membership in our timebank is free, and open to everyone. Sign up online with the new member application form below, and come to an orientation meeting. Feel free to contact us with any questions. For general information and videos about timebanking, see links and resources at the bottom of this page.
questions? lost password? contact us
Email metasofa.org (at) gmail.com -or-
Send a web message directly to metasofa.org -or-
Chat with us on the community blog (log in above) -or-
Come to an orientation potluck (see calendar above) -or-
Sign up on the form above (which also emails us automatically)
Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website. You can send email or chat with us on the community blog. For best times to meet with coordinators in-person or talk on the phone, please see "office hours" on the events calendar above.
If you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking, the next step is for each person to sign up above, and we'll get back to you ASAP (it also emails us when you sign up)
Secure login is now required for all members, not just coordinators. When you first log in, it's normal and good for your browser to give a security warning because our security certificate is "self-signed". No worries, that's OK for this website, just go forward! Not sure this is the real website? Please contact us and make sure! For more info and best security setup, see Metasofa Certificate Authority.
Also see Links & Resources below for videos & information on timebanking.
PBS Newshour - Help Stretch Dollars in Recession
(7-minute video, mp3, & transcript, Portland Maine, Nov 2010)
ABC News Good Morning America - Pay It Forward
(3-minute youtube, New York, March 2009)
Echo Park Time Bank - Members Tell Their Stories
(5-minute youtube, Los Angeles, Jan 2010)
Lathrup Village Time Bank - Discover Timebanking
(4-minute youtube, Michigan, April 2010)
Bernard Lietaer on creating a balanced view
(3-minute video, Nov 2012, from the Money & Life movie)
Edgar Cahn, founder of Time Banking
(6-minute youtube, The Jon Snow Interviews, UK, March 2005)
Stephanie Rearick, Dane County Timebank
(24-minute video from The Economics of Peace conference,
Sonoma California, Oct 2009)